The Toronto Objectivist Meetup Group Message Board › I Hereby Elect Hal as President of the United States
|A former member||
How far fetched would it be to elect "Hal" the computer as President of the United States or at least as a replacement for Nancy Pelosi the Speaker of the House? Aren't politicians great compromisers who use daily polling to determine their positions on issues? Wouldn't a computer do it better without all the drama?
Well, I would make a case that as Objectivists we actually are in favor of having the most powerful computer on earth take over the vast majority of the decision making in our government. That computer is the vast free market. Every day we make decisions with our pocket book. If we want to buy a 100 watt light bulb we buy it without asking a politician or our neighbor for approval. If we want to buy a fluorescent bulb we buy it without a bunch of red tape. If we want to buy a gas guzzler at half price we buy it because it is safe and cheap, or we may buy a Toyota hybrid at a premium price for who knows what reason (perhaps for what we perceive is the "good of society" or because we just like Toyota products). Whatever our individual choices are, factories are built to satisfy our wants and needs and no politicians are needed for this purpose. For every vote for a politician at the ballot box we place hundreds or even thousands of votes at the ballot box that is referred to as free market Capitalism. The free market computer then processes our "vote" and tells us what the most efficient price is that we must pay to satisfy our most pressing wants and needs. Why should we support politicians who just say no, when we can have the computer of the free market that always says "Yes We Can"! Doesn't the free market really bring us the all the Change we need without government interference and political correctness thrown into the mix!
Eliminate the middle men and vote for Hal for President ? Let our message to government be Laissez-Nous Faire! (Let us alone!)
If we agree that Hal (the free market computer) could take over the majority of the work of the Government. Perhaps we could also agree that Hal could also take over much of the work of determining which businesses prosper and which businesses fail rather than allowing the government to do that job. When the government controls our businesses either outright or by way of excessive regulation the government becomes the Board of Directors for our economy and the businesses become marginalized in such a way that jobs are lost and market choices are reduced.
Before we allow the government to take over the parts of the economy that it doesn't already control, perhaps we should look at the track record of such activities. Below is a link to an article entitled "Why Government Can't Run a Business" by John Steele Gordon for more on this topic.